I like pressure: Kamal

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Dharamshala
Mar 04, 2005 03:33 PM IST

The left-hander, who had played two gems of innings against India last year, stroked another fluent 43 to guide Pakistan's recovery on Thursday.

Middle order batsman Asim Kamal proved again on Thursday that he belongs to the new generation of players from the subcontinent who would not buckle under the pressures of India-Pakistan rivalry.

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The 29-year-old left hander, who had come through the baptism by fire unscathed with two gems of innings against the Indians at home last year, stroked another fluent 43 not out to guide Pakistan's recovery in the three-day tour opener against Board President's XI on Thursday.

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Coming in at 83 for four, Kamal stitched a 72-run partnership with skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and helped the team reach a relatively safer position.

The association was however broken when Inzamam perished to a reckless shot, and the visitors were 165 for five at stumps on day one.

Kamal said he looked at the current series as just another series and that he relished to play under pressure cooker situaitons.

"The game is itself full of pressure. Fortunately for me I like to play under pressure," the Karachi born batsman said.

Having missed a hundred on debut, Kamal should know a thing or two about getting runs when it counts.

He was impressive with his knocks of 70, in the second Test at Lahore when Pakistan bounced back to level the Test series 1-1 against India, and 63 in a losing cause at Rawalpindi.

Kamal said he was looking forward to the three Tests and the six one-dayers to prove himself all over again.

"Obviously, you have to keep learning and improving. I would like to prove myself as the tour goes by."

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